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August 27, 2001
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Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat brushed off U.S. criticism for failing to end violence with Israel. Arafat also hinted that the Bush administration was partially to blame for the continued bloodshed. Using unusually blunt language, President Bush said last Friday he blamed the Palestinians for failing to break the deadlock in the Middle East conflict, saying Arafat could end the violence if he tried harder.

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